Congratulations to all of you recent college graduates who earned admission into graduate school, as well as those who were proactive enough to search for jobs early (and lucky enough to get one). But for those of you who thought that job was going to miraculously land in your lap and are just beginning your search, let’s talk. You are not alone!
Many students do not start the job search until after graduation. As a career services professional, I do not understand that, but I have come to realize that students have different priorities and motivations. So, what if you are now desperately searching? What do you do? Well, outside of persistence, with a little patience, flexibility and hard work, you will eventually find that job, too.
You might be one of those people who ignored notices regarding career fairs, campus interviews and events hosted by your career center. Now that you have time, pay them a visit. As an alumnus or alumna, you will still be welcomed by the staff in your career center. Get their advice and access to their job contacts.
I was just reading an article in Bloomberg Businessweek about cities that are considered “safer” during a recession. You might want to consider jobs in those areas — especially while you are young, flexible and ready for the world. Those cities are the District of Columbia; Arlington, Virginia; Durham, North Carolina; Madison, Wisconsin; Boston, Massachusetts; Baltimore, Maryland; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; New Orleans, Louisiana; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Anchorage, Alaska; Lexington, Kentucky; Corpus Christi, Texas; Seattle, Washington; Chesapeake, Virginia; Lincoln Nebraska and Buffalo, New York.
Actually apply for jobs, network and let all of your circle of friends, professors and family know you are looking. Don’t forget to articulate your goals. Also, I realize that applying through organizations’ Websites is frustrating, so I would make it a goal to apply to at least five a week. The more activity you have, the more likely you are to get in front of people for interviews. The more interviews you have, the more likely you are to get a J.O.B.!